“Ready to go” –  Rangers’ top scorer Artemi Panarin to return in Game 1 against the Penguins


“Ready to go” –  Rangers’ top scorer Artemi Panarin to return in Game 1 against the Penguins

Artemi Panarin

Artemi Panarin is expected to make a comeback to the start of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. New York Rangers’ top scorer practiced on Sunday and the Rangers’ forward said that he may be able to make it up in time for the playoffs. Panarin missed the last 2 regular-season because of an upper-body injury. He noted that he feels absolutely fine he has felt all season. He further noted that he sat down as a precaution with the Rangers, as they already clinched a berth in the playoff season.

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The New York Rangers are expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburg Penguins at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, at 7 pm. E.T. Till now Panarin led the Rangers with 96 points, 22 goals, and 74 assists in 75 games. He noted,

“Ready to go, excited, two more days,” Panarin said. “Emotions are pretty high and just excited. Of course, if everything is right in your head your body is feeling better. If you almost cry, probably pain.”

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Panarin is back in time in the game against the Penguins

Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp
Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp

The New York Rangers are in good health both mentally and physically as they are preparing for Game 1. Artemi Panarin further said,

“I think just have to do everything the same as we do all year, in the locker room, at home, everywhere”. “Usually in the playoffs, it’s hard to control your emotions, like your nervous a lot and mistakes [happen], all that stuff. I think winners can control emotions and do everything that they do before. I hope we can do this. I’m sure we can do this.”

Panarin said that he didn’t feel anyone’s nerve on the team, “We have a good team”. “Everybody supports. But we don’t have to support anybody now because everybody feels OK. Just excited. It’s the most important month, two months in the year.”

Panarin will return to the New York Rangers lineup on Tuesday when the team will open up for their first-round series with the Pittsburg Penguins. Panarin had to leave the Rangers in a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes last Tuesday with an upper-body injury, as noted by nhl.com.

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Linemate Andrew Copp was also forced to leave during the second period with a lower-body injury and could not return later.
The Rangers settled for the No.2 seed in the Metropolitan Division as a result of the loss. But luckily both were back in the ring on Sunday and should be seen filling up their traditional roles Tuesday at home vs the Penguins. After Sunday’s practice, Panarin told the reporters, “I feel the best I have all year”. “I’m ready to go. Emotions are pretty high. I’m just excited, and then of course, if in your head everything is right, your body feels better.”

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